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Hi everyone!

It’s been a little while since I wrote a piece on my blog – but there’s been good reason for this.. I’ve been busy getting ready for my next sci-comm adventure and I’m so happy to finally share it with you all!

Tomorrow I am off to Malta as an intern for Think magazine and Malta’s Science in the City festival for three whole months of summer sci-comming! Over the past month or so since being successful at my interview, I’ve been busy booking flights, finding accommodation, applying for funding and getting ready for this big adventure. Now everything is set to go, I’m feeling excited (and a little nervous!) and I can’t wait to keep you updated on my Malta internship along the way!Since I will be doing heaps of writing during the internship, I have decided to keep my blog updated with videos about my experience as an intern.

Here is a wee video I made in between packing my suitcase (s) over the past few days about my scicomm journey in Glasgow so far!

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BSA go to Skye

Early this year, I became involved in the British Science Association (BSA) branch for Glasgow and the West of Scotland and took on the role as one of the Events Officers.

The British Science Association  (BSA) for those who don’t know, is a UK-wide charity with the vision of ‘a world where science is at the heart of culture and society’. Our mission is to make science inclusive for all by reaching under-served audiences and increasing the number of people actively engaged and involved in science. You can find out more about our mission here.

I’m really passionate about science public engagement, particularly outreach for traditionally non-science audiences’ who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to engage in science events and so I am excited to be involved in an organisation whose values align so much with my own.

At BSA Glasgow we’ve started working on developing new outreach projects and collaborations that I can’t wait to tell you more about as we finalise our plans!

Most recently, we teamed up with the Big Bang Fair and travelled up to the Highlands of Scotland for a couple of days of really fun science outreach in rural high schools. We visited Portree High School on the Island of Skye and Lochaber High School in Fort William to deliver an inspiring day of STEM activities for S1-S3 pupils.

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PLEASE CHEW QUIETLY

As I write this, I am simultaneously throwing evils at a fellow library computer user who is mindlessly eating an apple with their mouth smacking open and closed. Someone on my right is sniffing every few seconds and in dire need of tissue (it is not above me to passive aggressively get them one). I am over-analysing the person on the lefts breathing habits and pen tapping. All we need is a crisp packet rustler and I will not be responsible for my actions.

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To work or not to work? A help or a hindrance.

It’s been a while since I last posted on my blog but in my defence, I have been snowed under by the very premise of this blog – my PhD!

Well that’s not entirely true… I am now in the final (cross all of your fingers please) stages of this damned thing and I am trying to churn out chapter drafts as fast as my brain-to-keyboard skills allow.

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But up to this point, last week actually, I was working part-time alongside my PhD work. And so I have just been super busy trying to keep on top of everything! Over the past two and a half years, I have had two different roles outside of my PhD.

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Swapping beer for a healthier year?

Its two weeks into the new year, and the holiday season is well packed up in the loft gathering dust for another 11 months. The tradition of a new-year-resolution includes the classics of ‘eat better’, ‘exercise more’, or ‘take up a new hobby’. But since 2012, Alcohol Concerns campaign ‘Dry January’ has been encouraging many to sack off the booze during the first month of the year. Dry January is becoming increasingly popular, following the indulgence of Christmas. The first ever Dry January saw just under 4,500 Brits take part, and since the introduction of an accompanying app (motivation and tips to cut out the booze) in 2016, more than 5 million Brits were on board with the campaign (impressive huh). For many, it’s used as a post-Christmas detox, in a bid to shake off the excesses of the holidays and give themselves a healthier boost into the new year.

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What is a Biomedical Engineer? – Prosthetics

I’m often asked the question: “so what is a biomedical engineer?”  And to be honest, it’s a difficult one to answer!  In fact, when I first began my PhD, I still wasn’t sure exactly what it meant.  On my first day, I sat at my desk and typed ‘Biomedical Engineer’ into Google:

Biomedical engineering is a discipline that advances knowledge in engineering, biology and medicine, and improves human health through cross-disciplinary activities that integrate the engineering sciences with the biomedical sciences and clinical practice’.

Clear?  I’m still not sure.. .
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The dark cloud of academia

A recent study from a research group at Flanders University in Belgium claim that one in three PhD students are at risk of a common psychiatric disorder such as depression or anxiety, a much higher prevalence than any other similarly educated populations.

This is a striking statistic but not an overly surprising one. Being a PhD student is extremely stressful.

The pay isn’t great, the working hours aren’t set and can be long and draining, you’re in a fast moving field and constantly under pressure to deliver novel results to an audience that may have different ideas to your own. You’re never quite sure when you will reach the finish line. And when you do submit and defend your thesis, worry that it will be largely ignored and fast become insignificant.

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